George Sherrill is an on-base machine

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It took seven seasons, but 33-year-old reliever George Sherrill finally got his first career plate appearance in last night’s blowout loss to the Phillies. And, naturally, he drew a walk off J.C. Romero without swinging the bat.
“I was taking the whole way,” Sherrill told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I hadn’t had an at-bat before. I’m not going to go out there trying to swing.”
Sherrill added that he never even batted in college, so it had been at least 15 years since his last plate appearance. According to Sherrill he was a “career .311 hitter” in high school, which pales in comparison to his current 1.000 on-base percentage in the majors. Unfortunately for the Dodgers he also has a 7.00 ERA.

The first native Lithuanian in MLB history made his debut last night

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Why yes, it is a slow news day. But let’s not allow that to take away from some MLB history.

Last night a young man named Dovydas Neverauskas pitched in mopup duty for the Pirates, who were getting hammered by the Cubs. Mr. Neverauskas pitched two innings, allowing one run, making him, by default, the most effective pitcher the Pirates sent out there last night.

That’s good, but that’s not what makes it historic. What makes it historic is that Neverauskas is the first person born and raised in Lithuania to make the Majors. Here’s some back story on him from last year’s Futures Game.

Lithuania is known for producing basketball players. Now it has its first major leaguer. Whether he becomes baseball’s Arvydas Sabonis is an open question.

Bumgarner: dirt bike adventure was “definitely not the most responsible decision”

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Madison Bumgarner talked to the press yesterday about his dirt bike injury and its fallout.

While there is some speculation that the Giants may change their approach to Bumgarner’s contract situation at some point as a result of all of this, yesterday Bumgarner noted that the organization has been supportive as have his teammates. He said he apologized to them as well for an act he characterized as “definitely not the most responsible decision.”

As for the wreck itself, Bumgarner was a bit embarrassed to say that it wasn’t the result of doing anything cool or spectacular on the bike. Sounds like he probably just laid the thing down. Guess it makes no real difference given that he’s injured either way, but you’d hope to at least get a cool story out of it. Alas.

Here’s video of him talking to the press. The best and most accurate takeaway from it: when he says “it sucks.” Yep.